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Abundance is Born of Shared Ideas

Author: Mark Dixon
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
2:40 pm

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I was introduced to a book I am reading, “The Emergence of the Relationship Economy,” by a tweet from Rohan Pinto:

Leadership Is In The Ideas Not The Titles http://t.co/T7KJk0JK

This led me to a compelling article by Jay Deragon, one of the authors of “The Emergence …”.  In this post, Mr. Deragon made a particularly profound statement: 

An idea is an intangible asset that can be used over and over by millions of people, improved on and rapidly shared and consumed.  Abundance of wealth is being created from these intangible assets, ideas.

The concept of a shared idea was also treated by James Gleick in his book, “The Information.”  He quoted Jacques Monod, a French Nobel Prize winning biologist:

Ideas cause ideas and help evolve new ideas.  They interact with each other and with other mental forces in the same brain, in neighboring brains, and thanks to global communications, in far distant, foreign brains.

It is this concept of evolving of ideas through sharing that intrigues me.  Although ideas germinate in one person’s mind, it is often in the sharing of those ideas with other people that ideas grow and evolve and transform into powerful concepts that can transform our lives and the world around us.

Relationships between individuals – relationships between identities – provide the environment where seeds of ideas germinate, take root and grow.  Again, although individual identities can have great power, relationships can multiply that power immensely.

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Enhancing Relationships with New Smartphone App

Author: Mark Dixon
Sunday, August 28, 2011
9:09 pm

Will Smartphone apps improve our relationships?  Herman thinks so …

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What is more valuable – linkages between web pages or between people?

Identity, Social Media
Author: Mark Dixon
Saturday, June 4, 2011
12:50 pm

I was intrigued by a headline I read this morning, “How Facebook Can Put Google Out of Business,” by Ben Elowitz (@elowitz), co-founder and CEO of Wetpaint.

Elowitz started by stating his admiration for Google:

Google LogoI used to envy Google and the vast digital empire that Schmidt commanded.  Google had one of the most intricate monopolies of all time. It had the most impressive dataset the world had ever seen; the most sophisticated algorithm to make sense of it; an audience of a billion users expressing their interest; and more than a million advertisers bidding furiously to reach those consumers at just the right moment.

What’s more, it had captured the ultimate prize: increasing returns to scale. Only Google could spread such huge R&D costs among an even more humongous query volume, all while offering advertisers the chance to reach most of the population with one buy. Google had earned its success.

However, he as concluded that Facebook offers more inherent value than Google, and can beat Google at its own game:

FacebookWhile Google has amassed an incredible database consisting of the fossilized linkages between most Web pages on the planet, Facebook possesses an asset that’s far more valuable—the realtime linkages between real people and the Web.What does this mean, and what are the implications here?

Well, in a nutshell, Facebook has stored a treasure trove of distinctive data that, if fully utilized, could put Google out of business.

I’m not astute enough to predict whether Facebook or Google will win, but I believe Elowitz has identified an important distinction between the inherent value of linkages:

“linkages between real people and the Web” [and, I might add, linkages between real people] –  primary Facebook value


“linkages between Web pages” – primary Google value

Relationship WebWe call linkages between people “relationships”. In my previous post, each line on my LinkedIn connection map represents a real life relationship. Some of my Linkedin relationships are closer in real life than others, just like some of my Facebook “friendships” are closer than others.  But they are real.  They do exist.

My real-life relationships represented by Facebook or LinkedIn have inherent value to me.  Both Facebook and LinkedIn provide real value to me through the services they provide.

Google has proven that there is great business value in “linkages between web pages”.  I believe companies like Facebook and LinkedIn are beginning to how to business value can be derived from “linkages between people”.  Google is clearly trying to catch up in the relationships business, where Eric Schmidt admits they have failed.

It will be interesting to see how they, and other companies of their ilk, will continue to succeed for fail in business as they leverage (in a positive sense) their understanding of my relationships, hopefully without exploiting (in a negative sense), the private information I entrust to them.

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Dilbert: Men vs. the Entertainment Value of a Smartphone

Humor, Social Media, Technology
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
10:47 am

Poor Dilbert. His social skills just don’t measure up to the smartphone!

Dilbert and Smartphones

On a more serious note, is this so far removed from reality? Is the entertainment value of smartphones and related apps getting in the way of real human relationships?

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